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Rainbow Reel Tokyo

Rainbow Reel Tokyo

Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

This Festival screens films that deal with the theme of sexual minorities. Today, sexual minorities are often abbreviated with the 4 letters LGBT (which stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender), but they are not something you can easily categorize because they vary by person.

In the past few years, the surrounding conditions of sexual minorities in Japan have come to a big turning point. For example, one transgender man was recognized as the father of his son by a top court, and same sex partnership has been a popular topic in the media.

These were things that many people had hoped for, but they also caused confusion for some, and stirred up different kinds of emotions.

We believe, however, that it is the universal wish to live a better life as a human, regardless of sexuality.

Is the person sitting next to you during the movies lesbian? Gay? Bisexual? Transgender? Or heterosexual? And does it mean something to you?

The films that we bring you deal with these issues, and we’d like everyone to enjoy them with a little thought, but sometimes without thinking much about it.

So before thinking, free your mind and just come to the Festival. We are confident that the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will be inspiring. See you there!


2017 films...

Below Her Mouth
Signature Move
Tale of the Lost Boys
A Date for Mad Mary
You Are The Sea
Center of My World
I am what I am. – Over the Rainbow – Dir:Genki MASUDA | 2017|Japan|75min
Being 17
Maybe Tomorrow

QUEER×APAC ~APQFFA Selection 2017

Heart Station

Dir:Tao Jia
2016|UAS, China|17 min|English, Chinese

A coming-age drama, a chinese gay male’s infatuation with a straight actor. He participated in his crush’s acting class during waiting for his scary potential diagnosis in his three month HIV window period.



Dir:Amina Malik
2016|Pakistan|14 min|Urdu

Saad encounters several gruesome events of bullying and molestation by other students at school. Later in life, Saad participates in a theatre show that portrays the lives of Trans* women, with his mother in the audience. Has she accepted her son? Or does the fear of losing family pride come in the way?


The Baby Lu’au

Dir:Jana Park Moore
2016|USA|16 min|English

A young, ambitious lawyer returns to Hawaii and her estranged family after a long absence, only to discover everything is not what it seems.


Any Other Day

Dir:Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote
2016|India|12 min|English

It was just another day for Kabir and Arnav. But their lives take a turn for the worse when two cops decide to make a spectacle of them. As the night unfolds, help comes from an unlikely source who goes on to unmask the hypocrisy of our society.



Dir:Jang Yoon-Ju
2016|South Korea|15 min|Korean

Sohee meets up with her ex-girlfriend Areum who is about to set off to live abroad in Germany. Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat they once shared. But Sohee’s current girlfriend Yujin sees Momo as a reminder of Areum and becomes upset.


The Dam

Dir:Brendon McDonall
2016|Australia|16 min|English

A lifelong friendship is under siege when two mature Australian men visit the monolithic dam that defined their young lives and are confronted by feelings that were impounded long ago, but cannot be contained any longer.

Rainbow Reel Competition

Eternal Sky

Kaoru and Rina, third-year high school students and drama club members, are secret lovers. Kaoru, who had played the leading role many times before, couldn’t win the lead of the graduation show. Instead, it was Rina who was chosen for the role. From that day on, they start drifting apart.



One morning, filled with the laziness and intimacy of the night before, Hiro hears the sudden news from Mitsu that he is going to “marry his girlfriend”. Hiro can’t object to Mitsu’s decision, knowing he is bisexual and determines to break up with him…



Dir:Honami YANO
Some people face each other at a café, others sucking on hair, streets passing by, a girl walking along the riverbed. There are all sorts of people in the world, and there are all shapes of love. Casting Ataru Nakamura, it’s a true gem of art animation.


Are you really Umekichi?

One day,a sullen, unpopular, bullied boy Umekichi finds out about the student council president Ryunosuke, who is hugely popular with girls, is male-to-female transgender. As they get closer to each other, Umekichi starts to fall in love with the girl inside Ryunosuke…



Dir:Daisuke SHIGAYA
Spring is still a long way away. Shin and Kazu are lovers. One day, after they quarrel over a trivial matter, Kazu leaves Shin and get in touch with an ex-boyfriend, Takashi. But Takashi has a wife. As he cares about him, this fact torments himself and the one he loves…



In a high school classroom, they have a lesson called “About LGBT”. As there is no such lesson in other classes, the students grow suspicious. “Is there a LGBT in our class?” Confusion spreads in their everyday life…


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